Monday, August 7, 2006

Portable Dragon Ball Z

Looking for some fast and fun Dragon Ball action on the go? Look no further than Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors 2 for the DS and Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai for the PSP. Neither of these games sets new ground for the high-flying fighting game franchise, but what each game does deliver is solid fighting action sure to please anyone who's picked up a DBZ title in the past, or has an interest in the anime.

Supersonic Warriors 2 is not so much a sequel as a 1.5 upgrade from the original Supersonic Warriors on the GBA. You play from a side-scrolling type of perspective, much like Street Fighter of old. Choose from a slew of characters, pick a team of three and play through various what if story lines not realized in the anime. Yeah there are more modes than this, but not really worth getting into. SSW2 is a fun romp for DBZ fans on the DS, but nothing to write home about. Hey, the cover art is pretty sweet, and the games nice and fast-paced. Did I mention I played the original to death and am doing so with this one also. :P

Now onto Shin Budokai, a port of the mega-popular Budokai Tenkaichi on PS2. I love this game. The Tenkaichi title was great, not just a great anime based game but a great fighting game, and Shin Budokai takes that formula and shrinks it down. Throw in all the usual game play modes, story, vs. etc. and the large line-up of characters mix in a fighting system that works well on the portable and boom ... instant ramen .... er DBZ action. Where this game really stands out is it's graphics, which are some of the best I've seen on the PSP, but hey, that's just me. The best feature, the one that really made me smile is a simple one, one that will escape attention and that's the use of the original Japanese voices for each character. Sounds weird, but I cut my anime teeth on fan-sub DBZ adn there is nothing, NOTHING, like Goku in Japanese, good times.

Hey, both titles are fun. I would only recommend SSW2 to DBZ fans with a DS, Shin Budokai on the other hand I suggest to anyone with a fancy for fighting games. Go ahead, take them for a rental ride and let me know what you think.

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